56 Guild Prac. 1 (1999)
Ben Margolis: A Lifetime of Contempt for Injustice and Oppression

handle is hein.journals/guild56 and id is 14 raw text is: JOHN McTERNAN
Ben Margolis, a founding mem-
ber of the National Lawyers Guild,
died the evening of January 27,
1999, at his home near Portland,
Oregon at the age of 88. He is sur-
vived by his wife of 62 years,
Valerie Margolis, and their three
sons, Kenneth, Roger and Gregory.
After admission to the Bar in
1933, Margolis practiced law in San
Francisco with Gladstein, Grossman
& Margolis, a firm that represented
the Longshoreman and other CIO
unions in Northern California. The
firm defended Harry Bridges against
the government's repeated unsuc-
cessful efforts to deport and im-
prison him because of his alleged
Communist Party connections. In
1943, Margolis formed Katz,
Gallagher & Margolis in Los An-
geles, which represented virtually all
of the CIO unions in Southern   Ben Margolis is escorted out of a
California until the nationwide anti-  hearing before HUAC.
Communist drive by J. Edgar
Hoover's FBI, the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)
and Senator Joseph McCarthy Joseph McCarthy forced a severing of the
relationship with the CIO.
Fighting Attacks on Political Activists
A principal focus of this anti-Communist drive was to penalize mere
membership in the Communist Party using Smith Act prosecutions. In these
prosecutions, the government's case rested upon proving that defendants
were members of an organization that adhered to the Marxist thesis, ad-
John McTernan is a founding member of the National Lawyers Guild.

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